Big Oregon insurers drop child-only coverage

The largest health insurance company in Oregon dropped child-only coverage just before a federal law took effect today that prevents companies from denying coveage to children because they are sick.

The Oregonian reported that Regence BlueCross BlueShield is no longer accepting applications for individual coverage from applicants under 19 years old.

The newspaper said Regence isn't the only company to drop child-only coverage.

Some of the nation's largest for-profit health insurers — Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna Inc. and Cigna Inc. — were among the first earlier this month.

They say that too many families may wait until their children are sick to buy insurance, now that federal health reform law guarantees coverage regardless of health.

Regence said it made its decision to protect members from high costs.

— The Associated Press

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